Was wondering what ppl thought of this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXaYp7nwWXM
I was particularly confused what the Dalai Lama meant of "ripening of negative karma" just after 2 mins. Is he interpreting karma as something other than intentional action?
Also - I have my doubts about what he is saying. Whilst I would love to believe him, you only have to look at countries that have been plundered by developed nations, and see the state they're currently in, eg the state of the native americans in america, or most african nations, the chinese after british occupancy etc. I'm left to think that the victims are nearly always worse off than the abuser in the long run. Even though I would love to believe the opposite.
I'm in agreement with what he says, or better, with what I understood of it.
I have 2 thoughts for you:
Post your question again in our sister forum Dharmawheel, they can give you more qualified answers than Theravadins.
victims are nearly always worse off than the abuser in the long run.
When you say this, you are looking at the present crowd of beings, that have been born into this sad situation due to their kamma. But if they live a virtuous life, after they pass away, things will get a new arrangement...( I pray it doesn't get confused with Hindu thoughts again, so I will support my argument with the shorter exposition of kamma in MN 135, so disagree with the Buddha if you must)
8. "But here some woman or man is not one who harms beings with his hands, or with clods, or with sticks, or with knives. Due to having performed and completed such kammas, on the dissolution of the body, after death, he reappears in a happy destination... If instead he comes to the human state, he is healthy wherever he is reborn. This is the way that leads to health, that is to say, not to be one who harms beings with his hands or with clods or with sticks or with knives.
The whole suttha can be read here:http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nymo.html